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Old October 23rd, 2012, 03:05 PM   #21

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Nothing much really. But my grandfather did tell me once what it was like to serve in American artillery battalion once during World War one. It was a simple story. He said they would shoot off their guns when required, but in their boring downtime, most of the boys would get as drunk as humanly possible.

And my Uncle served in the US Air force and flew secret intelligence missions over North Vietnam. Even after the passage of time, he says he still can't talk about what the missions were about.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:57 PM   #22

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I used to work in an old peoples homes on night duty in the late 1980's and one news years night one of the residents wanted to stay up and have a natter. He was in his nineties and he was from a well too do background, he was the very gentlemanly sort. I asked him if he wanted to talk about the Great War, as sometimes I had met some that did not want to talk about it. He did not mind as he had told me he had it easy and he never had seen the horrors that had happened in that war. I asked him if he was at the Somme and he told me that he was nowhere near that horror. He told me that he actually attached a lot guilt about that.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #23

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It's interesting for me to hear history at second hand. I was a child in WW II and lived in London throughout the war. I have told my tale on this forum before. On holiday in Kent during the Battle of Britain, back to London to live through the Blitz and the V1's and V2's.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 08:43 AM   #24
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We can read all the history books we want, but we should save personal accounts while we can.
Certainly, it keeps us in tune with ourselves. One story I heard from my grand parents was very interesting. The King wanted more money/taxes, the villagers had none. The people of my part of the Kingdom were well known for being non-conformists. So they tied the tax collector, heated up a 2 paisa coin, stuck it on the tax collector's head and sent him back to the King
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Old November 15th, 2012, 09:30 AM   #25

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My grandfather used to tell me his stories about WWII and the years after. He is now 86, but remembers every little detail of that stage of his life. He used to live in small village near my hometown, and was working on the corn field, when "ustashas"(colaborationist of SS divisions here) took him to the army as he turned 17 earlier that year. He says that in the army it was far better then in the house, where he and his 5 brothers and sisters had nothing to eat, and many of them unfortunately died because of starvation and tifus. He used to steal food and boots and carry it to home when he was free to come home for few days. Later, he fled from the ustashas and joined partisans as liberation movement progressed.

After the war, he got the job in local ironwork factory, where he worked as many for 100 kilos of corn for as a one month salary. He also told me that he witnessed to few murders made by partisans in the area near his village, which was under the control of unitarists, or chetniks. He lived very hard life, and almost all his young age was trying to survive and to feed his family, since his father died when he was only 11. Even with so many worries and so miserable nutrition, he is even now prolific, walks without troubles and even has memory that would leave even much younger ashamed.
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If the personal stories one usually hears are to be believed, nursing homes tend to stink...
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Old December 5th, 2012, 05:42 AM   #27

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my grandmother told me that when boris III of bulgaria ascended the throne all the elementary students got +1 to their grades
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Old December 5th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #28

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Lots of memories and I'll have to do this in pieces.

On my mother's side, the family were illiterate until 1890, and many oral traditions were handed down. My grandfather used to tell stories of his great-grandfather who arrived in Oklahoma (near Westville, OK) on the Trail of Tears. His grandfather died young (like 33) hauling wood in a wagon in Oklahoma Indian Territory in 1877. I heard these stories many times from my grandfather and his mother, his brothers, and his aunts.

Gotta go take care of my grandson--I'll be back.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #29

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Growing up I heard stories about my great grandmother who I share my name with. She helped prepare bodies for burial. One time as they were taking the body to be buried, it came straight up from a laying position to a sitting position. Everyone says she was very scared as well as the man driving the wagon.

My father came from a family of 12 children. They lived in a small Missouri town. I have heard so many wonderful things that happened thru their childhood such as someone getting their tongue stuck to a metal pole and the other try to cut it free with a knife during the winter. Playing ball with a pig's bladder.

Even I have stories about my cousins, my sister and myself. My grandparents lived on a farm. If you went outside to play, you did not come back in to use the restroom. They had an outhouse and one time my cousin got his foot stuck in it. It was one of the funniest things I can remember of him.

I have many stories about my grandparents, father, aunts and uncles. They were wonderful people. Its a shame that our loved ones have to leave us at all.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #30

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Still on my mother's side, my great-grandfather was born in Ohio in 1842. While he was yet young, his family moved to Texas. At 18 he joined the Confederate Army, and while retreating he fell off his horse and his leg run over by a caisson. In 1865 he was paroled from a Confederate hospital and spent his remaining days complaining about his foot. He never walked again (He'd throw down his crutches and walk a few steps.) He lived with my grandmother until he was 106. I was very young then and don't remember him well.

My great-great-grandfather died in 1917, but I met one of his youngest brothers who died in Oklahoma. My g-g-grandfather joined the Missouri infantry, deserted and joined the Tennessee Cavalry. Union both times. In the 1890's he was pardoned for the desertion. He lived right on the OK/AR state line, and his grandson (my grandfather's cousin still lived there when I met that family. My grandfather and his family always called that house "the old home." One of the interesting stories of his youngest brother was that he was one of those whites who jumped the gun and staked a claim in Oklahoma before claims were allowed. He was brother-in-law to some Cherokees is how he managed that. Such people came to be known as "Sooners" and OK is still called the Sooner State. He lived around Shawnee and had another brother in Afton. There were 14 or 15 siblings in that family.

My grandfather left AR in 1937 with his family and travelled with a sister. The families picked cotton and did other work along the way for meals and gas. I've heard this story from my mom, my grandfather, and from his sister's family.

My gt-grandmother was born in Tennessee and lived until about age 10 on a farm across the road from her maternal grandparents and a great-grandmother. Her mother also came from that area. One civil war story is that my g-grandmother's grandfather hid in the barn to avoid being found by Confederate soldiers. They found him anyway and conscripted him into the Confederate Army. She never saw him again. My great grandmother used to tell stories about the "regulators" after the war. These were vigilantes, most probably KKK. I never knew until recently what she meant by regulators.
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